by Jennifer Peel
343 pages; July 11, 2016
Rachel Whitney’s life changed forever when Drew, the son of her twin sister, Sydney, was placed in her arms—and there he stayed. At twenty-two, she had no idea what she was doing, but in that moment, she knew that raising Drew was what she was meant to do with her life.
Fiercely independent, Rachel makes her own way managing her family's insurance agency. Decidedly against introducing any men into her life, or Drew’s, she protects her heart against all romantic entanglements. But what she didn’t count on was a letter from her sister that leads a famous secret to her door eight years after her sister’s death. A secret with the same eyes as her son’s.
Desperate not to get the courts involved, Rachel allows Drew’s previously unknown father, Andrew Turner, into their lives, and to her surprise, little by little into her heart. But for Rachel, taking that step could open her family to a firestorm of media attention that not even Merryton can protect them from. Is love worth the risk? Or will Andrew's fame and ambition ruin their chances?
My Review: 5 Stars
I think I keep saying this, but this one has got to be my favorite book of Ms. Peel's so far! Rachel's twin sister died in childbirth, leaving her to raise her son, Drew. Her plan to raise him without a man in her life is derailed when the birth father shows up--Andrew, a former MLB player.
Rachel is independent, snarky, and blunt. She says it like it is and almost seems to thrive on putting Andrew in his place. This amusing banter kept a smile on my face and Andrew's reactions to Rachel completely warmed my heart. At first, he's very cocky, but he totally grew on me. His outlook on life is amazing, although he does confuse his priorities a little. Drew is the sweetest, most charming little guy ever!
A book that pulls me in from the start and won't let me up for air until it's finished is a winner in my eyes, I couldn't get enough of these characters and their lives. I want to pick up and move to Merryton right away. Small towns can be tough to escape the fishbowl feeling, but when it really counts, these people are like family and will go to great lengths to protect one of their own.
This book is part of a series, but can stand alone. I love getting to know each of these women and their stories better. Everyone has a story, right? I can't wait for more!
Content: mild romance (a few steamy clean kisses, talk of a past intimate relationship, with vague details, some innuendo); mild language. Clean for an older reader.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Jennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-one years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.